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Bush “Over Reaching” in Iraq

Bubbling up from the amorphous and amoral stew we call the media are the first whiffs of what passes for informed opinion among people who believe that the New York Times is a font of wisdom. The latest exhibit is a Newsweek piece by the oh [...]

Making Lemonade

Fate has dealt some unexpected challenges to George W. Bush. Just 14 months ago he was elected President in what will be one of the most controversial elections in the history of the nation. For sheer excitement the only election that comes [...]

Connecting Them Dots

What’s good for the NAACP is good for their clientele. Ask anyone who "speaks" for black Americans and you’ll get a standard list of organizations and personalities. Now it’s not like there was ever a vote or popular [...]

This short essay has no pretext of being an intellectual argument

It is primarily a rant. Thanks in advance for your indulgence. President Bush has been enjoying a lengthy run as a very admired leader. Deservedly. Gray 6 yesterday made a good argument that the President should husband his considerable political [...]

Lectric Cars, Hydrogen Bombs and Foolish Investments

There are only two choices when it comes to government action: light regulation or absolute totalitarian control. Whenever government pretends to have "the answer" to some perceived problem I always think about Jurassic Park. No, not [...]
Robert Byrd

Politics Starts at the Budget’s Edge

Noted military hero and strategist Senator Tom Daschle fired his opening salvo in the Democratic critique of America’s war against terrorists. The South Dakota Democrat told reporters that while the campaign against terror has been successful [...]

Principles, Compromise and Focus

Can the Bush Administration walk and chew gum at the same time? The current word on the street is that the administration is hell bent on signing bills to take issues off the table in preparation for the fall elections. This organizing principle [...]

Incident on a frozen pond

" … I cannot deny my past to which my self is wed, The woven figure cannot undo its thread." Louis MacNeice Just before noon on New Year’s Eve, I decided to join my father and my nephew and niece for an afternoon of ice-skating. [...]

The use of nuclear weapons in the war against terrorism

"I fear the world will jump to the wrong conclusion that because I am in Atlanta the work is done. Far from it. We must kill three hundred thousand I have told you of so often, and the further they run the harder for us to get them." [...]

Some Quick Comments

Controlling the Overhead In business, one learns very early that overhead can drain profits faster than politicians can drain the US Treasury. In a breathless report I saw the other day our airline security system was faulted because in the [...]